Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

EXCUSE ME WHILE I SLIP INTO SOMEONE MORE COMFORTABLE by Eric Poole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"A magnetic collection of real stories that sheds a new light on life in the Midwest."
An aspiring creative struggles with his identity. Read full book review >
THE PERFECTIONISTS by Simon Winchester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"Less a work of scholarship than an enthusiastic popular-science tour of technological marvels, and readers will love the ride."
An ingenious argument that the dazzling advances that produced the scientific revolution, the industrial revolution, and the revolutions that followed owe their success to a single engineering element: precision. Read full book review >

AGAINST MEMOIR by Michelle Tea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An entrancing collection of irreverent and flamboyant essays."
A collection of essays that defies genre and gender. Read full book review >
MATING IN CAPTIVITY by Helen  Zuman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"An engrossing and offbeat story of ideological bonds that chafe—and sometimes liberate."
A young woman experiences a sexual awakening—and romantic frustration—in a kooky cult in this debut coming-of-age memoir. Read full book review >
THE BLACK PRINCE by Michael Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A strong biography of a man who has inspired great love across the ages—a must for shelves and collections devoted to medieval times."
Jones (Bosworth 1485: The Battle that Transformed England, 2015, etc.) brings the Middle Ages—and one of England's greatest knights—to life. Read full book review >

A WORLD TO WIN by Sven-Eric Liedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Outstanding. Not the book for a budding Marxist to start with, but certainly one to turn to for reference and deeper insight."
Readers of all nations, get to work: Swedish scholar Liedman (Emeritus, History of Ideas/Univ. of Gothenburg) turns in a study worthy of Isaiah Berlin of communism's most influential theoretician. Read full book review >
THE RED CADDY by Charles Bowden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2018

"A memoir about an American original by an American original, a literary journalist who merits more than a regional readership."
An unflinchingly honest writer addresses the death of his friend and kindred spirit Edward Abbey (1927-1989). Read full book review >
THE MORALIST by Patricia O’Toole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"A balanced, welcome new addition to the Wilson shelf."
O'Toole (When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House, 2005, etc.) adds to a long list of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) biographies with a skillfully crafted account of the president's life and legacy. Read full book review >
PRESIDENT CARTER by Stuart E. Eizenstat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"An astute, often shocking, behind-the-scenes chronicle."
Jimmy Carter's chief domestic policy adviser tells all. Read full book review >
THE BEST COOK IN THE WORLD by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"Affectionate, funny, and beautifully written: a book for every fan of real food."
Heartfelt, often hilarious stories from an Alabama kitchen, a place from which issue wondrous remembrances and wondrous foods alike. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Perhaps not the soul of basketball but certainly the wallet. A fine work of sports journalism and a must for every bookish roundball fan."
A blow-by-blow account of the 2010-2011 NBA season, which reshaped the face of pro basketball in a flurry of big money. Read full book review >
GOD SAVE TEXAS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A revelation—Wright finds the reflection of his own conflicted soul in the native state he loves and has hated."
One of the state's most renowned writers takes readers deep into the heart of Texas. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >